One country swept the gold medals in golf at the Pan-American Games, but it wasn't the United States as previous predicted. It was Colombia, who had strong, solid finals rounds and capitalized off poor play of the leaders.
In the men's tournament, it was Web.com Tour player Marcelo Rozo, who fired a final round 68 to take home the gold medal. Rozo has had a poor season on the Web.com Tour, and was not expected to play particularly well at these Games, so his gold medal victory is a bit of a surprise. Tommy Cocha of Argentina, a player on the South American Tour, walked away with the silver. Entering the final round, veteran Felipe Aguilar of Chile held the lead, but could not get anything going and finished one shot back of Rozo. He was beaten in a playoff with Cocha, and walked away with the bronze medal.
Rozo's gold medal gave him an invitation to this week's RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour, an invitation Rozo did not expect entering this week.
“I was going to go to New York to see my girlfriend after two months,” he said. “But she’ll understand. I told her last night and she was very happy and supportive. I was thankful for that.”
Beau Hossler, the top American in the field and considered a favorite in this event, had a tough second round of 74 which sunk his chances. He finished in sixth place, one shot behind Canadian up and coming amateur Austin Connelly.
In the women's game, it was LPGA professional Mariajo Uribe that walked away with the gold medal after a final round 70. Uribe, who has two top 10's on the LPGA Tour this season, entered the final round trailing the United States' Andrea Lee, but a final round 74 dropped Lee out of position, and she had to settle for the silver.
"Thanks everyone for all the support this week nice to bring home the gold" Uribe said following her round. Uribe's next tournament will be the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan this week.
Paraguay's Julieta Grenada, the favorite to win gold, shot 72-72 on the weekend to end her chances. She finished with the bronze medal.
Colombia also won the mixed team event, which took the lowest men's score and the lowest women's score during each round of the tournament. The silver went to the United States, with Argentina taking home the bronze.